Margize Howell and Peter Kenny Announce their Retirements as
Co-Presidents of Classical American Homes Preservation Trust
Margize Howell and Peter Kenny have retired as Co-Presidents of Classical American Homes Preservation Trust effective March 31, 2020. Margize Howell was the founding Executive Director of Classical American Homes and served previously as the curator of the corporate collections of Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette, working with DLJ and CAHPT founder, Richard Hampton Jenrette, since 1984. Peter Kenny retired from the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 2014 after a thirty-year career as a curator of American decorative arts and the administrator of the American Wing. In 2015, he was recruited by Dick Jenrette to work for Classical American Homes Preservation Trust as Co-President, bringing with him his extensive museum experience and expertise in the arts of the classical period in America. Both will continue their association with the Trust in the future as trustees and in any other capacity that helps to further its mission.
“Working personally with Dick Jenrette for nearly forty years both at DLJ and CAHPT has been both a professional and personal privilege”, Margize says. “In helping to build and refine the extensive DLJ Collection of Americana and CAHPT’s impressive collection of seven historic properties, I learned so much from Dick. He was an extraordinary mentor with whom I shared a mutual love of history, preservation, architecture and decorative arts. The New York Times called him the “last gentleman on Wall Street”, which was true, but he was much more than that too. Dick was as generous and kind an individual as you will ever meet and a teacher at heart.”
Speaking of his time at Classical American Homes, Peter relates: “After a long and rewarding career at the Metropolitan, being invited by Dick Jenrette to join Classical American Homes and having the opportunity to work closely with such a passionate preservationist and collector of American classical architecture and decorative arts was a privilege and delight. Dick was the consummate gentleman who maintained throughout his lifetime incredible enthusiasm for the things that mattered most to us both: history, beauty, extraordinary objects that embodied the stories of the past, and the best in American design and craftsmanship. My five years here have been a very special experience.”
Together, Margize and Peter wish to express their affection, gratitude and respect for the wonderful team of talented, generous and thoughtful individuals who joined Dick Jenrette at Classical American Homes. Dr. J.M. (Buddy) Jenrette III, Chairman Emeritus said: “As a founding member of CAHPT, I can personally attest to the high regard and deep respect my uncle, Dick Jenrette, had for both Margize and Peter, who dedicated themselves to Dick’s vision of inspiring preservation with focus and energy. On behalf of the Board of Trustees, we are grateful for their enthusiasm and support of Dick’s vision and CAHPT’s mission.”
COVID-19 has derailed CAHPT’s plan to celebrate Margize and Peter’s tenure at the 2020 Spring Patrons Party. We look forward to celebrating their many contributions to the Trust in the future. The result of a nationwide search for the next CAHPT President will be announced publicly soon.